Presidential elections took place in the Republic of Kazakhstan on 9 June 2019 with Kassym-Jomart Tokayev voted into his first term as President. According to the preliminary findings of the internationally-recognised OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, the election offered an important moment for potential political reforms, but it was tarnished by clear violations of fundamental freedoms as well as pressure on critical voices. There were widespread detentions of peaceful protesters on election day.
NUR-SULTAN – On 31 May the Europe Day 2019 was celebrated in Kazakhstan at Astana Ballet theatre with a special festive ballet program - United in Diversity. The event was organized by the EU Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Europe Day 2019 is taking place under the auspices of the first official visit to Kazakhstan of European Council President Donald Tusk, and the presentation of the new EU Strategy on Central Asia.
NUR-SULTAN – On 28 May, the information session of the EU financed programme Central Asia Invest V was held in Nur-Sultan. The programme aims to support and enhance business competitiveness, to boost investments, to develop the private sector and the economic diversification in Central Asian countries. The EU attaches great importance to boosting investments in Central Asia, and this is an important part of the New EU Strategy for Central Asia which was adopted on 15 May 2019.
NUR-SULTAN – On 21 May, in the framework of the Europe Day celebrations in Kazakhstan a #Skills4Jobs youth training day was organized by the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan for active youth of Nur-Sultan. The event focused on how to enhance leadership skills, capacity building and education/job opportunities, provided by the EU for young people.